31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train + subway:  3​h
9
Ravello, Italy
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + foot + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planning website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Istanbul is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vaci Street and Andrassy Avenue. House of Terror Museum and Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the striking features of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, and make a trip to Halaszbastya.

To find out how to plan a trip to Budapest, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Budapest. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 7th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for little chillier days in Amsterdam, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour planner .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Batllo and Museu Picasso. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Barcelona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 25°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar ©
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Let the collections at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Piazza delle Erbe (in Verona). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Barcelona to Venice in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Piazza delle Erbe, Scrovegni Chapel
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Basilica di Santa Croce capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Duomo di Siena. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Piazza del Campo about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence tour planner .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Siena
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and wander the streets of Trastevere.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Florence in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Roman Forum ©
Roman Forum

3
nights
Ravello, Italy

Ravello ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look for gifts at Ceramiche D'Arte Pascal, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello. On the next day, hike along Valle dei Mulini and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Ravello.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ravello day trip planning site .

Do a combination of train and subway from Rome to Ravello in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ravello, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ravello

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Amalfi
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Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

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